The young LA artist Vinyl Williams has himself an enviable pedigree, being the grandson of composer and conductor John Williams of Indiana Jones and Star Wars fame scores one immediate points with the geek crowd. He also has a head full of psychedelic sounds, pulling in pieces of Radiohead’s later career electronic musings, the whooshier moments of modern rock bands like Tame Impala, as well as some of the stitched together stylings of DJ Shadow. When he’s on, and not spewing out mystical jibber jabber against a backdrop of pretty warble, he can stun. “Higher Worlds” is Vinyl Williams being on and stunning.
- May 5, 2015
Is it still dad rock if the band is young and the lead singer, Brittany Howard is an African-American woman? I'm serious about this. For as much as I listen to Sound & Color, the second album by Alabama Shakes, I can't shake the feeling that the classic Wilco burn is appropriate here. Read More
- April 22, 2015